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Being meal savvy can save big family funds

February 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Work, family and a tight budget can typically make it tough to get a good meal on the table, but a new solution comes from the editors of All You magazine. They've rolled out a cookbook with 148 family-style recipes called "Eat Well Save Big.""We all have the same question at the end of the day - what's for dinner?" said Beth Lipton, food editor of All You. "For the most part the ingredients are fresh, but that doesn't mean that they take a long time to make."

Lipton says the dinners in the book go well beyond the typical items that most of us use to make our same weekly staple of meals.

"Sometimes you just want to shake it up a little bit, but you want to know that you're getting a great recipe," said Lipton.

The book includes recipes for cider braised pork medallions and fish stick tacos.

"It's a great way to get kids to eat fish and there's also some vegetables stuck in there and it's less than $2 a serving," said Lipton.

Another dish that children can help make is cornflake crusted chicken. The kids can dunk the chicken in spice flour mixture and transfer to an egg wash and then coat with corn flakes. The chicken then goes onto a baking sheet and into the oven.

Not only are the recipes relatively easy to cook, but you can feed a family of four for about $10. Some of the meals actually cost less than a dollar a person.

Beyond cost, the book provides nutrition facts with nutrient profiles, along with alternative options for picky eaters.

"To change the recipe for a different taste, to make it more or less spicy, to lighten it up, or make it a little richer," said Lipton.

The cookbook retails for $14.97 but is discounted at Wal-Mart for $12.